Liverpool have made the “first preliminary contacts” with West Ham and Brighton as they try to sign Declan Rice and Alexis Mac Allister, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.
Writing in his column for Tribal Football, the Italian reporter claims the two midfielders are the club’s priority targets, with the likes of Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo being deemed secondary options:
“At the moment there are many names on their radar, but two profiles are at the top of their list: Declan Rice and Alexis MacAllister. The first preliminary contacts have begun with both West Ham and Brighton, but the competition is fierce. As known, for Rice – who will leave the Hammers at the end of the season – there has been strong interest from Arsenal since last year, while Manchester United is also interested in the Argentine midfielder who has decided to wait for June before making a decision on his future.”
“It will not be easy to sign these 2 players and, for this reason, Liverpool are also following other names that fit with their needs: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) and Moises Caicedo (Brighton) are the other players that the Reds are taking into consideration in case they are unable to sign their main targets.”
It was widely believed that Mount is being prioritised by the Reds, along with Mac Allister, as the club look to reinforce their midfield but Galetti says that Rice has moved to the top of the list.
Arsenal were believed to be frontrunners for the England international, with Chelsea and Manchester United also keen on his signature. When it comes to Mac Allister, most sources claim that the Reds are in the driving seat for the player currently.
How much could Rice and Mac Allister cost Liverpool?
West Ham have reportedly set their asking price between £100m and £120m for Rice, but most clubs are hoping to do a deal for a lower figure.
In regards to Mac Allister, Brighton are expected to demand at least £70m for the World Cup winner.